No injuries in pursuit, gunfire exchange with deputies

Multiple carjacking suspects were arrested Friday night after a pursuit and gunfire exchange with Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

According to a release, the Sheriff’s Office received information from Cass County at 9:24 p.m. that a vehicle was taken by force from its owners while at a Cass Lake business.

The owners reported that one of the subjects threatened the use of a knife during the crime.

Six minutes later, a Beltrami County deputy located the stolen vehicle north of Cass Lake.

A pursuit ensued, and the occupants of the stolen vehicle began shooting at a deputy. The deputy was uninjured, but the bullets struck his squad.

At one point, two deputies fired their weapons and disabled the suspect vehicle.

A handgun was recovered from the stolen vehicle, and the occupants were taken into custody without incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded to the scene, and they are investigating the officer involved shooting. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the carjacking.

The deputies involved in this incident are on standard administrative leave.

The Leech Lake and Blackduck police departments assisted in the pursuit.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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